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Is China Helping Saudi Arabia to Build a Nuclear Bomb?

Simon Henderson

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The Hill

August 5, 2020

Riyadh has now ticked the first two boxes on the enrichment checklist and might already be working on the others.

Tuesday’s horrific blast in Beirut was too small to be an atomic bomb, but the prospect of a Middle East devastated by a nuclear exchange still should go up several notches because of news in the Wall Street Journal that Saudi Arabia, with Chinese help, has built a plant to process uranium ore. Although the story made the front page, the Journal may have underplayed its significance. The plant, near the remote town of AlUla, is in the northwest of the kingdom, about midway between the holy city of Medina and Tabuk, the side furthest from Iran...

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